2006 Ferrari 248
Breaking the recent five-year tradition, Ferrari has
christened its new 2006 grand prix challenger the '248 F1'.
Since 2001, the scarlet single seater has followed the
naming pattern 'F2001', and so on. The habit continued until last
year, with the unsuccessful 'F2005' model.
At the 248's launch at Mugello (Italy) on Tuesday
morning, moreover, Michael Schumacher appeared on track with his car
bearing the number five, similarly ending a run since 2001 of showing
off the world champion's number 1 honor.
2006 Ferrari 248
For the record, the '248' designation is derived from
F1's new engine formula -- '24' as in 2.4 liter capacity, and '8'
meaning eight cylinders.
traditional press conference held at the presentation of the
new single-seater that will compete in the Formula 1 world
championship began with the engineers who have developed the
car over the past months: Aldo Costa, Ross Brawn and Rory
Byrne. Byrne opened and underlined how his role in the
company was changing.
progressively filling a consultancy role for all the new
House of Maranello projects and, in particular, regarding
the engineering of the cars. Then came Aldo Costa, creator
of the 248 F1, to reflect on Byrne's role and the
characteristics of the car in detail. He declared that: "it
was mainly to do with the V8 engine and we imposed a radical
change from both a mechanical and aerodynamic point of view.
The aerodynamics are still at a preliminary stage and will
be until the first race of the season.
2006 Ferrari 248
regards the chassis, this is totally new, above all in the
centre section. We decided on this in order to optimize the
weight distribution and lighten the entire structure.
same goes for the suspension, especially in the completely
redesigned rear end. The transmission too is all new (though
constructed from composite materials) and also the
differential. In building these two new elements in
particular, we had to pay close attention to the
characteristics of the V8. The greater vibrations generated
by the engine brought more initial problems".
2006 Ferrari 248
F1 on Mugello circuit
gathered journalists then asked questions to which Brawn
replied that "from the midway point of last season when we
realized we could not challenge for the top spots, we began
concentrating more on development, especially the blend of
the aerodynamic configuration and the characteristics of the
new V8. Despite the progress that the Bridgestone tires have
made with the reintroduction of tyre changes, we expect to
see lap times that are a second or two slower than last
year". In conclusion, and related again to the tire issue,
Brawn responded to newsprint journalists and emphasized how
having Bridgestones this year would be an advantage as they
will supply four teams.
the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro would be able to compare
development and the progress being made with other
Ferrari V8 makes its debut
Martinelli, Gilles Simon, Aldo Costa, Rory Byrne and
Aldo Costa, Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne came Paolo Martinelli,
Formula 1 Engine Director, and Gilles Simon, head of
planning and engine development, to face the journalists
during the press conference to launch the new 248 F1. "It is
a totally new project", began Martinelli.
a return to the past, as the name of the car demonstrates.
We started working on this engine midway through 2004 and
then tested it on the bench. Last August it made its first
outing, at Fiorano, and in the autumn of 2005 we completed
the V8. Now we are close to the final version. Obviously, in
the course of the season we will have to cope with a very
steep learning curve. Gilles Simon's success in development
was underlined: "the calculations were made long ago and
even if the regulation changes were related to us rather
late in the day, fundamental modifications such as the
selection of the centre of gravity had already been made".
"The rules outline global constraints but do allow a lot of
space for projectual experimentation", continued Martinelli.
90° angle was our choice as was settling on the minimum
weight for the non-moving parts. The real challenge,
however, was lightening the weight of the moving
components". "For the first time in ten years a drop in
performance was recorded and this was fundamental. The
change in power meant some greater investment, but,in the
long run, it will be more economical. The overall output of
the engine remains unchanged and so some factors were the
same as on the V10".
Martinelli also revealed that there had been some dialogue
between the engineers who work on road-going cars and those
who concentrate on racing models. "We met the people who
work on GTs and exchange opinion in analyzing problems and
the methods to resolve them. It was by no means a one-way
communication" "We were certainly on shared ground", added
Simon. "However, there are many differences, for example in
our time schedules. We made a lot of input and so did they.
It was a process of cross contamination".
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